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Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare History

1979 Summer Friends of Hospice begin meeting
1980 July Adopted name Hospice of Wayne County, Ohio, Inc.
1982 Feb First class of volunteers trained
  Aug First office located in Wooster Community Hospital
  Fall Served 8 patients
1987   Served 34 new patients
1989 May Moved to Beall Avenue from original office in the Wooster Community Hospital
1990 May Medicare certification approved
1991 Sept Developed mission statement
  Oct 10 Licensed by State of Ohio
1992 Apr Moved to 2330 Cleveland Road
  Aug Celebrated 10-year anniversary
    Served 106 new patients; 116 total
1993   Began care for nursing home patients
1994   First Certified Registered Nurse Hospice in Wayne County
1995   Served 142 new patients; total 166, average daily census 25
    15th anniversary of lst Hospice board
1996   Groundbreaking for new building on Back-Orrville Road
    Patient wish fund: Hospice Hopes: (partnership and funded by Wooster Noon Lions – grants first wishes)
1997    Fifteenth year anniversary
    Moved to Back-Orrville Road location
1998   Approved as a provider for the State of Ohio at Apple Creek Developmental Center
    224 patients served – 200 as new admissions
1999   Served 280 patients; 250 as new admissions
2000   Achieved JCAHO Accreditation
    Served 303 patients
    Increased Bereavement Support Services to Children through Wooster Noon Lions Support
2001   Served 359 patients
2002   Began planning for Palliative Care program development
2003   Served 464 patients
    Formed an Advance Care Planning coalition collaborating with local Care providers
    Fran Loess, volunteer founder of HPC, Named by National Hospice Foundation as Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice Award winner – Recognized at National Volunteer Conference
2004    Name changed to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County
    Implemented new logo
    Started palliative medicine program
    Joined Hospice Alliance of Ohio
    Friendtique opened – a nonprofit resale organization where profits go to support Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County
2005   Initiated Loess Life Legacy Project using volunteers
    Opened LifeCare outpatient clinic at the Viola Startzman Free Clinic
    Served 523 patients
2007   Acquired Hospice of Wadsworth/Rittman and establish new office at 185 E. Main St Wadsworth
2010   Purchased 19+ acres along Akron Road for new Hospice facility
    Served 682 patients
    Board of Directors votes to move forward with an inpatient unit and capital campaign
2011   Capital Campaign begins with a goal of raising $4,000,000
    Partners with Hospice of Holmes County
2013 June 17    Changed name to LifeCare Hospice
2014 July Moved into new building at 1900 Akron Rd.
2015 Mar 18 Admitted first patient to the Gault Inpatient Unit
2017 July 5 LifeCare Hospice joins Ohio’s Hospice strategic partnership and becomes Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare
2022 July 14 Dedicated the Marilyn B. and Mark E. Gustafson Center for Supportive Care

We are grateful to the many physicians who have supported us over the years, especially to Dr. Spiess, Dr. Lun, Dr. Stallings, Dr. Kearney, Dr. Peabody, Dr. Lance and Dr. Jodi Hannan.

Dr. Walter Kearney, one of the founders of LifeCare Hospice, has served LifeCare for over 35 years. He was a Medical Director for many years, served two terms on the Board of Directors, was on the Capital Campaign “A Place Like Home” Fundraising Committee to raise funds to build our new building and inpatient unit, and remains involved today in volunteer and community relations activities.

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